Some of the finest days of my shuffleboard life were spent in Hendersonville. Right in the heart of the smokies sits a perfect town with much to do for everyone. Wonderful Jackson Park in the middle of the town filled with migrant workers playing their own music with their families of all ages playing and laughing together. The teenagers would be playing with their younger brothers and sisters. The parents preparing the food for all.
Carl Sandburg National Park on the outskirts of town just sitting waiting to be enjoyed by all. Big glassy mountain daring you to walk to the top. I was fortunate to spend two complete summers there, teaching every Friday afternoon, and being the tournament director every week.
I also went for the Nationals 14 years, both for the singles and doubles and mixed doubles the following week. Hendersonville always seem to pick up great people to work and presidents that knew what they were doing. I was fortunate to have played for Canada in the one International that was held there. At the banquet, the Japanese team put on a skit and dance that was spectacular.
Hendersonville has a parade that takes up the whole downtown area that is called The Apple Festival. It was wonderful seeing all the players joining in the fun. After the parade comes the dance that took up the whole street. From my home area in Canada was Mary Button, Dianna May, and her sister Ruby, Marjorie Taylor who I think many of you remember from the Southern District. Hendersonville always attracts great people and great players. I hope to go back someday. Sandi Quinn said she would play with me.
If you like shuffleboard they are playing this year. If you decide to make the effort, you will never be sorry.
Glen Peltier. 2020 07 09.
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Sandi Quinn offers “Her Take on Hendersonville”:
The HSC’S 14 courts have a definite drift but they are somewhat predictable and are kept in good shape. The club also does a good job at keeping the discs in good shape. So, with a couple of practice sessions, you are ready to compete. If it’s possible to come a couple weeks before the Nationals you could enjoy the Club’s ‘fun shuffles’ and play in the State Tournaments. Others arrive the weekend before the Nationals and get in a day or two of practice.
Hendersonville and the surrounding area have much to offer in addition to shuffling!! That is why so many shufflers make this their summer home. Being nestled in the valley of three different mountain ranges, the weather is comfortable all summer, and September is always beautiful. Downtown Hendersonville is so enjoyable with lovely flowers, hanging baskets and shopping to suit every taste. Most Friday evenings streets are blocked off for live music, dancing and car shows. The annual 4-day NC Apple Festival, the first week of September offers craft booths, sidewalk sales, food booths, entertainment and apples, apples, apples!
Other attractions in Hendersonville are: Carl Sandburg Home; Flat Rock Music Festival; Flat Rock Nature Center; Curb Market; Walking Tour; Historic Johnson Farm; Western NC Air Museum; Bullington Horticultural Learning Center; The NC Arboretum; Mineral and Lapidary Museum; Hendersonville Train Depot; Jump Off Rock and Wolfe’s Angel. There are also several art studios, playhouses and theaters. The popular day-trips and weekend getaways are: Pigeon Forge, TN with Dolly Wood, great craftsmen, shopping and music shows; Maggie Valley and Cherokee, NC offering numerous music shows and Harrah’s Casino; Asheville, NC with the Biltmore Estate, Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, Folk Art Center and Biltmore Homespun Shops; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Chimney Rock; Mount Pisgah; DuPont State Park, and there are many spectacular water falls around the Brevard and Hendersonville areas.
Ask anyone who spends time here what they think of Hendersonville and it will definitely peak your interest.
So, whether for a week, a month or the whole summer, plan to check out Hendersonville, NC and I will look forward to seeing you on the courts!